02/20/2011 07:55 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sunday Roundup

This week, the budget cutting battle escalated with President Obama offering up a new proposal that included cuts to programs that assist the working poor and help the needy heat their homes. The Republicans countered by passing a bill that, among other things, would take police officers off the streets, teachers out of classrooms, and children out of Head Start. This week also brought the one-year anniversary of the Afghanistan surge -- a strategy that has failed to meet its goal of turning around a war for which we continue to pay an extraordinary price in lives, money, and our national security. So, once again, addressing suffering here at home takes a back seat to nation building abroad -- our leaders' perverted priorities on full display.